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One look at the comments section of an April column on digital marketing in TechCrunch, and it becomes obvious that contributor Samuel Scott, the marketing and communications director for data analytics software firm Logz.io, pushed a few hot buttons with his take on marketing tech. S...
The current version of Angular is Release Candidate 1. This version changed the way how the framework is distributed – it comes as a set of scoped npm packages now. Any imports of the Angular classes will be done from @angular instead of angular2, for example: import {bootstrap} from ...
Are you evaluating a software asset for a potential purchase, investment, decision making for the future, possible termination, etc? Here are some questions to consider. Is this a revenue generating asset? How much revenue does it generate? - Establishing the true business value of a...
Cloud computing changed data analytics for good. It enabled companies to drastically decrease resources and architecture previously assigned with business intelligence departments. It also enabled laymen to run advanced business analytics. Cloud was also the architecture of choice for ...
If the cloud was once (ever) bleeding edge, now the cloud is sheer necessity for anyone doing anything on the Internet. It has changed the way we architect applications, build IT budgets, grow userbases, even write individual lines of code. As the Internet continues to lambdify, cloud ...
The benefits of efficiency and lower cost have been the primary drivers toward the cloud and SaaS deployments, but this is just the low-hanging fruit of a much greater body of potential. According to a Cisco-sponsored IDC report, a second wave of cloud adoption now targets a much more ...
A BriefingsDirect IT market analysis discussion explores customer impacts to the global storage market now that the $67 billion Dell-EMC merger deal appears imminent. A massive and complex financing apparatus, largely built on private equity debt, undergirds the deal, with privately h...
It’s a well-known adage, ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water’. These days we generally don’t toss our bathwater out the window, nor do we make a baby take the last bath – but we should probably still heed this advice. Especially when we consider adopting and transitioning to ...
The words "digital transformation" appear everywhere today. I use them in discussions daily. They describe the era we live in - an era where the rules of business, strategies and the pace of business have changed. In this era the manner in which we operate our businesses, and interac...
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: there’s another side to the Internet that isn’t just about connecting people. The Internet of Things (IoT) is about connecting virtually any “thing” or machine. They could range from personal wearables to smart homes, smart cities’ infrastructur...
Automation and ITSM-driven insights endow help desk personnel with more knowledge and provide a single point of support for end users, regardless of their needs while still catering to their preferred method of help. We'll learn how automation and ITSM-driven insights endow help desk ...
In the digital arena, it’s impossible to avoid Dion Hinchcliffe. Perhaps you’ve seen one of his numerous keynotes or joined one of his workshops. Maybe you’ve read one of his books, Web 2.0 Architectures (with coauthors James Governor and Duane Nickull) or Social Business By Design (Pe...
In Angular 2 a parent component can pass the data to its child via binding to the child’s input parameter marked with the annotation @Input(). I’ll blog about it later, but you can see how it can be done in my blog on implementing the Mediator design pattern. In this blog I’ll show yo...
Trust. It’s a fundamental aspect of interaction in a civil society – its importance has been ingrained in us since childhood. And it’s a concept that’s deeply intertwined with our very nature. The level of trust we have with individuals, businesses, and technology affects our lives da...
Etsy, a global e-commerce site focused on handmade and vintage items, uses data science to improve buyers and sellers’ discovery and shopping experiences. We'll learn how mining big data at speed and volume helps Etsy define and distribute top trends, and allows those with specific in...
Those that lead are able to collect and analyze data that followers can’t. Think about the first climber to reach the top of the mountain, they have a new and different view slower followers don’t. If you believe, as I do, that understanding data is the secret sauce of the digitally ...
Our vision is about empowering the end users with tools to make their own VR content. There are only a few games available in VR, but there are thousands of 3D, first person and 2D games available. Swift allows users to quickly convert any of their media to VR. If it’s a first person g...
For those involved in data management or data infrastructures, the following are five tips to help cut the overhead and resulting impact of digital e-waste and later physical e-waste. Most conversations involving e-waste focus on the physical aspects from disposing of electronics along...
The biggest challenge to IOT is thus big data that requires an infrastructure that is capable of processing billions or more data points each second. If you thought e-commerce revolutionized the retail industry over the past two decades, something much bigger is coming over the next t...
Digital payments are catching on for many more companies in the business world following the popularity of services like Apple Pay in the consumer world. The next BriefingsDirect business innovation thought leadership discussion focuses on how digital payments are catching on for man...
There’s a new kid on the block of disruptive technology. Blockchain. A day doesn’t go by that you can’t find numerous articles about it. Topics range from how JP Morgan is making significant investments in exploring the technology, to the Republican GOP using blockchain to allow online...
Drones are an interesting case study in the technology maturation process. Previously only available for military and defense applications, drone use have spread through the industrial and consumer markets faster than nearly anyone, especially the FAA, was prepared for. Despite the reg...
Drones have actually been around for quite some time, even though the recent "lift-off" of commercial applications has vaulted the technology further into the spotlight. I've started seeing some incredible uses of the technology and how not only businesses will benefit, but people as w...
Historically, financial services have always been the early adopters and pioneers of advanced technology. I am talking about financial services in an all-inclusive sense - which encompasses a broad range of institutions that manage money, including credit unions, banks, credit card co...
Over the years we've seen a push in the software industry for tighter release schedules and a more agile development process. As a result, departments that used to function independently in a waterfall development environment are now working more closely together in an accelerated rel...
The market for cloud computing continues to grow and defy all expectations. Startups are starting to slow down, but the big three - Amazon, Microsoft and Google - reported excellent earnings last quarter. Who exactly are “The Big Three”? Who are the others? What do MSPs need to know in...
For a company in the IT sector, a 20-year anniversary signifies that we have experienced and endured so many radical changes in the industry. We have witnessed the era in which mainframes were challenged by minis, which were then themselves challenged by PCs. Then came the age of softw...
To conduct complete mobile performance testing, a process that will allow you to consistently deliver an exceptional application experience to mobile users, make sure you hit every point on our ultimate mobile performance testing checklist. By now, hopefully you're well aware of the i...
Disruption. You can’t have a discussion today about business or technology without the term entering the conversation. I think it’s become an unwritten rule. It’s almost as if no one will take you seriously unless you’re talking about business disruption. Or how disruptive technologies...
I recently wrote about the two D’s of Big Data: Disintermediation and Disruption. As I stated in that blog: Across multiple industries, startups are coupling new big data technologies and new sources of data with advanced analytics (data science) to uncover new customer, product, oper...
There are always threats out there on the big bad internet. The majority of breaches happen at the application layer and many OWASP Top 10s like SQL injection are still malicious favorites to gain entry. Add to that the availability of DDoS tools, anonymous proxies and the rise of hack...
In the middle of World War II, very basic and primitive computers were designed to improve accuracy for naval gunfire. The first computers ran complex mathematical applications to calculate trajectories and gunfire from large battleships. The size of the computer was huge and was made ...
DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo 2014 Silicon Valley was a terrific event for us. The Qubell booth was crowded on all three days. We ran demos every 30 minutes with folks lining up to get a seat and usually standing around. It was great to meet and talk to over 500 people! My keynote was we...
The question of who owns the data is partly determined by the kind of cloud infrastructure that is in place for your business. The advantages that cloud based hosting brings needs to reiteration. Cloud hosting is infinitely scalable, needs radically lower CapEx and with distributed ho...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Jason Parsons, Senior Architect and Big Data expert at Cloud Technology Partners. We discuss the benefits of real-time, big data processing in the cloud and why some companies are hesitant to migrate from their traditional data centers. Jason expla...
You need to link a two production sites together in your IIoT network in order to move critical voice, video, data and sensor data (VVDS™) between the sites by deploying access points. So, you consider using industrial Wi-Fi Access Points to implement this short-haul, point-to-point (P...
Cloud applications are well established for many activities such as CRM, HR, and billing. With the cloud paradigm proven for so many enterprise tasks, the question of cloud vs. on-premises seems like yesterday’s – or even last year’s – debate. But is the cloud ready to handle the uniqu...
*This is part of a series of blogs examining Sensor-2-Server (S2S) communications, development, security and implementation. For the past two weeks, we’ve taken an in-depth look at what Sensor-2-Server communications are, how to implement these systems, and some of the specific aspect...
Over the last few weeks I was fortunate to meet a large number of Managed Service Providers (MSPs) at two separate industry events in Toronto. At both these events, focused on MSPs, and through all my conversations, one thing that resonated throughout was the dire state in which Manage...
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of healthcare, agriculture, and high-tech polymer materials. Founded in Barmen, Germany in 1863, Bayer has 118,900 employees and had sales of €42.2 billion ($45.9 billion US) in fiscal year 2014. Its capital expenditure...